October 11, 2013

Special Olympics shows best of Dalton

The Daily Citizen

— Dalton takes sports seriously. Our high schools, local recreation leagues and the relaunched Dalton State College athletics program all enjoy strong support.

We trust that Dalton area residents will give that same enthusiastic support to the Special Olympics Georgia State Fall Games, which start today. More than 2,000 athletes from across the state will compete in various sports in venues across the city.

“We’ll have 300 or 400 coaches and chaperones, and we’ll also have plenty of family members. All told, we are expecting about 2,500 people,” said Lisa Hughey, the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department’s Special Olympics coordinator.

The local community has really gotten behind the Special Olympics state games since the recreation department first brought them here three years ago.

“We’ll have about 1,000 volunteers that will be working hard to make sure everything goes smoothly this weekend,” Hughey said.

One of the best times and place to see the athletes may be Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Point Park, where they’ll be competing in everything from walking to bocce ball to softball. A full schedule of events was in Thursday’s Daily Citizen.

So if you want to see some incredible athletes and if you want to show just how much Dalton appreciates and supports the Special Olympics, come on out and cheer them all on.